The Unitarian Universalist Women's Federation (UUWF) is a community that champions justice, equality, and the inherent worth of every person. At its core, the UUWF seeks to empower individuals, particularly women, to live their lives authentically and free from oppression. Our priority of Protecting Women aligns with these values and is paramount to addressing all gender-based violence.
This violence, which includes physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, fundamentally violates our UU principles, including the First Principle that affirms "the inherent worth and dignity of every person" and the Seventh Principle that calls us to "affirm and promote the interdependent web of all existence." Gender-based violence disrupts this interconnected web and, by addressing it, the UUWF exemplifies its dedication to these principles. From educational resources like toolkits and webinars, to landmark statements like our stance on protecting trans lives, we assert our commitment to safeguarding the dignity of all individuals, irrespective of their gender.
We are deeply committed to gender equity and equality, AND we know that public witness is vital to moving the conversation. As we uplift those at the margins and highlight the ways that we can co-conspire together, we invite you to join us for a 3-part panel series called “Addressing Gender-Based Violence.” On September 28th, October 12th, & October 26th we are bringing expert voices together in an attempt to create a complete narrative of the world around us, and the best tactics to keep each other safe.
Our first panel will highlight the voices of non-binary and gender-expansive experts in our UU communities. We’ll hear from three religious professionals, Dandelion Prinsloo (they/them), Rev. Leela Sinha (ze/zim/zir), and Rev. KC Slack (they/them), on how our communities can work together to end violence on women and gender-expansive folks.
Protecting women and addressing all gender-based violence is not just a matter of social responsibility; it's an essential component of the Unitarian Universalist Women's Federation's mission. We believe that in public discourse in our communities and beyond, we are centering our principles of justice, equity, and human dignity and also taking meaningful steps toward creating a world where all individuals can thrive, free from violence and oppression. Together, we can build a more just and compassionate society where every person is valued and safe.
Please join us as we explore what it means to allies and co-conspirators in this work.